Extirpation, Take 2

Removed,

no longer endangered and

numbering over 800

in a state that totals fifty six thousand odd square miles

handshakes all around, pats on the back –

…an uneasy victory for wolf and man

…to the north, a small island in a great lake,

genetics and climate fight against the

wild icon –

slowly dying, no victory for them, and

handshakes turn to hand wringing,

…another wolf succumbs, a biologist cries –

stripped of protection,

hunters clamor, money flows

and open season begins, once more –

hunters armed with gun and gps,

bullets rip through thick fur and flesh, blood stains the ground –

…the wild howls cease…

…tracked by men for sport, another wall trophy

…a celebration, deliberate and raucous –

who’s overpopulated now?

silence falls,

an unnerving quiet

…deafening

one month down,

two hundred dead

slaughtered

no longer afforded protection by law,

their spirit is released into the air

removed, once more.

© Tara E. Wisnewski Janisch and Rugged Earth Blessings, 2012-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of original poems, essays and photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

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